“It’s not a finite game here, with curing disease. You cure the disease, well, the disease will evolve as human civilization and human evolution continues. It will evolve alongside us. So you have to just be a’pace with it and be ready for the next thing and keep playing. It’s a infinite game.” -Aaron Traywick, April 30th, 2018
On Sunday, April 29th, 2018, at 11:30 AM ET Aaron Traywick was found dead in his Washington, DC apartment. He was 28 years old.
The DC Police released the following statement concerning the affair:
“At approximately 11:31 am on April 29, 2018, Aaron Traywick, 28, was found deceased in a spa room in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Ave, NW. Traywick’s body was taken to the OCME for an autopsy. The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting a death investigation. At this point, we don’t have any evidence to suggest foul play.”
Mr. Traywick was a prominent “bio-hacker” (those who work to transfigure biological attributions for human advancement, particularly in the domain of morphological freedom), independent researcher, lobbyist and the founder and CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, a decentralized and independent research company that worked to create gene therapies with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology, combat aging, end cancer and develop a cure to herpes, among various other ventures. According to Machiavelli Davis, Ascendance Biomedical’s lead production specialist, all members of the company had previous experience with self experimentation.
What was truly remarkable about Mr. Traywick’s work was his intensive focus on overturning the perverse incentive structures of big pharma. In a thirty minute interview conducted in March shortly before his passing he noted that the financial and social incentives in place from insurance companies and from the government were designed “-to keep the patient sick, but not sick enough that they’ll die, but also not healthy enough that they’re really living.” Traywick sought to correct this error, first by encouraging others to seek out independent firms and research methods (even if that meant self-injecting experimental compounds), and second, to utilize his company as a prospective pro-health-incentive model by selling at-cost on potentially life saving productions (such as their HIV research venture).
He was also a outspoken critic of Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, as Mr. Traywick blamed him, in no small measure, for the deterioration of general well-being among the people of Venezuela (by blocking medical aid from the outside, etc) and a stalwart champion for radical experimentation beyond the bonds of academia, state and corporate control.
His innovative corpus of works and courage in experimentation should be well remembered and held up as a source of inspiration for all of those who wish to uplift and free Man from slavish obeisance to the vicissitudes of fate. A vaunted player for the men and women of the morrow may have been moved off the board but as Mr. Traywick reminds us, it’s a infinite game and we’ve no shortage of moves as yet to make.